Where did Bruno find himself when he moved away from Germany in the book "Boy in the Striped Pajamas?"

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Once Bruno and his family leave Germany they relocate to the Polish town of Oświęcim, which the Germans had renamed to Auschwitz after they took it from Poland in the first days of World War II. Bruno does not like his new house, which is smaller than the one they had in Berlin, nor does he like the fact that soldiers are continually coming and going from it.

In the story, Bruno's father is made commander of the concentration camp located in that city (which Bruno knows as Out-With.) In real life, the camp's commander, Rudolph Hess, testified in war crimes trials after the war that about 3 million people were killed while at the camp (though the Auschwitz museum has revised the number down to about 1.1 million, 90% of whom were Jews.)

 

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